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Presentation by Veleria Pesce (GFAR) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

Presentation by Veleria Pesce (GFAR) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France


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  • 1. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING an infrastructure for interoperability of agricultural research information services Valeria Pesce (GFAR), Ajit Maru (GFAR), Johannes Keizer (FAO)
  • 2. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING ARD information now Agriculture-related information on the Internet is limited, widely scattered and not organized for easy access  information cannot be found;  information cannot be re-used, re-packaged and re-purposed  Complex information needs for agricultural research, innovation and development cannot be met.
  • 3. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Availability is just not enough! Users have to locate and search several sources that provide partial answers to complex questions Best Country Country Crop TECA practices profiles NARS database ICARDA CARIS WISARD AiDA AGRIS OPACs HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML HTML We need to know if a certain technology has been used in a specific country and in a dryland area for a specific crop and if there are related projects completed or ongoing, who is funding them and where we can find the project outputs? Users
  • 4. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Solution: value added services Value added information services that enable to search, collate and integrate information from various sources acting as gateways to information sources
  • 5. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Solution: value added services Maize Best CARIS / TECA practices WISARD AiDA Organizations Geo-ontology Country Directory profiles Country gateway gateway Agrovoc NARS Any Crop ontology repository Crop database ICARDA gateway gateway AGRIS Any OPAC We need to know if a certain technology has been used in a specific country and in a dryland area for a specific crop and if there are Users related projects currently ongoing and where we can find the project outputs?
  • 6. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING What is missing Value added services cannot be built without awareness of what others have done: • which sources are available • how to tap into them • how to exploit their semantics
  • 7. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING The CIARD RING service  The CIARD RING is a global registry of information sources and services in agriculture such as search engines, databases, repositories, Open Archives, feeds… The CIARD RING provides the missing routemap to the existing services
  • 8. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Who will use the RING?  Information professionals looking for existing services into which they can tap for feeding their information systems  Information professionals / managers looking for existing services throug which they can disseminate their information.  users interested in an overview of the current offer of information services in ARD
  • 9. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING How it works  The RING categorizes and interlinks the featured services according to: >> content criteria such as >> technical criteria such as thematic coverage standards adopted geographic coverage vocabularies used content type technologies used target audience protocols implemented
  • 10. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Services in the RING The CIARD RING covers both information services and information sources Technical definition !! … any form of providing information from one server instance (website, mail server, web services, XML archive...) to many clients (browsers, email clients, news readers, harvesters...)
  • 11. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING An infrastructure for interoperability How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of agricultural information? 1) it provides a map of accessible information sources with instructions on how they can be searched effectively; http://www.agencia.cnptia.embrapa.br/ http://eprints.iari.res.in http://lad.nafri.org.la http://www.sidalc.net http://ricelib.irri.cgiar.org:81/screens/opacmenu.html
  • 12. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING An infrastructure for interoperability How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of agricultural information? 2) tit indicates the level and mode of interoperability of information services
  • 13. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING An infrastructure for interoperability How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of agricultural information? 3) It provides examples and instructions for building enhanced integrated services that repackage information in different ways.
  • 14. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING What can be built out of it  Services that offer a common browsing or searching interface to different sources  aggregating and harvesting services;  integrated services providing relations between entities (organizations, projects, experts, documents) through semantic-web technologies;  Value added services that re-package information and make it available through different channels (text messaging, radio etc.);
  • 15. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Be part of the RING  The CIARD RING service is available at: www.ciard.net/ring  Registering a service in the RING automatically makes you a CIARD partner  Partners that register services in the RING are invited to display the RING logo
  • 16. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING
  • 17. IAALD 13th Congress, Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010 The CIARD RING Invitation We invite you all to - make your services known through the CIARD RING - learn how to tap into other services in the CIARD RING Thank You

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